Keeping the windows open and the bugs out

 Keeping the windows open and the bugs out

We've sure enjoyed the warm weather down along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and throughout Florida the past few weeks except for one thing: Bugs

The mosquitos are hatched down south. As are the No-See-Ums, Biting Midges and Sand Flies.

They are particularly bad at night. With the warm weather, that means it can get pretty hot inside a camper van or Class B motorhome. We could have run the air conditioner. But that's pretty loud. And it tends to make it too cold late at night.

skeeterbeaterSo we rolled down the driver and passenger side windows.

And the bugs never got to us.

That's because we used Skeeker Beaters.

We've been offering them on the Roadtrek Store for a couple of months now. But this was the first opportunity we had to really test them out.

They worked great!

Skeeter Beaters are magnetic vehicle window screens made out of mesh fabric that allows air to flow freely through open windows while keeping out not only mosquitos, flies and other pesky bugs but also the tiny, blood sucking midges and No-See-Ums. These screens adhere to your metal window frame using non-abrasive, high-energy magnets that will not shatter or break. The magnets are sewn in around the hemline. The screens come as a pair in a set, one for both the driver and passenger side windows.

We put them on most every night. When the wind kicked up strong one night they held fast. They pack in their own drawstring bag and fit easily into a suitcase, the glove box, a door pocket, or the map pocket behind your seats.

They fit all models of the Roadtrek and most other Class B campervans on the Sprinter, Ford or Chevy chasis.

Check the video to see them on our Roadtrek eTrek. Click here for more info on them.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Looks good but the shipping costs kill the order, $77 for one set!

    • Sorry, I can’t control shipping costs to Canada.

  • Is that to Canada?

    • Yes. Unfortunately, shipping to Canada is a lot more expensive than shipping within the U.S. In the U.S. it is around $7.

  • I have a 1998 Dodge and non of the sizes would fit us.

  • Love this idea!

  • That is a must!! and then everything is perfect*

  • We at Parker’s Landing RV Park in Biloxi You should have stopped by. Might even have bought you lunch.

  • Thanks for this info!

  • These have just one disadvantage, they can’t contain a wandering, defenestrating dog. We need a fixed screen that fits up into the top channel and is held in place by rolling up the windows to the bottom channel of the screen.

  • That’s great! Now all I need is the Roadtrek.

  • Our solution is not beautiful, but it is cheap. I use it even when stopping for gas in buggy areas. I bought two baby carriage mosquito nets, the kind with elastic all around, one for each front door. I open the door, spread out the net, close the door, then roll down the window. Quick and cheap.

    • Well now…isn’t that ingenious!

  • There is another great product available called skreenz I think. They are like a pillow case fit over your front doors. They are custom made for your year . You slip over door and then close the door. You now have double layer screen and window rolls down in between..

    If you have rain guard over window you let guy know and he makes a little bigger to accommodate it. You can Google to find website. They are great!!!

    • I made two “pillow case” type screens as described by J Hamm. Very easy and inexpensive. Screen material with a casing for a strip magnet on the outside bottom. Slip it over the door and close the door as he/she says.

  • Hey Mike, which “model” did you get? We have an eTrek also.

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